Bulibasha: king of the gypsies
Bulibasha is the title given to the King of the Gypsies, and on the East Coast of New Zealand two patriarchs fight to be proclaimed the king. . Tamihana is the leader of the great Mahana family of shearers and sportsmen and women. Rupeni Poata is his arch enemy. The two families clash constantly, in sport, in cultural contests and, finally, in the Golden Fleece competition to find the greatest shearing gang in New Zealand. Caught in the middle of this struggle is the teenager Simeon, grandson of the patriarch and of his grandmother Ramona, struggling with his own feelings and loyalties as the battles rage on many levels.
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Simply Maori. I loved the rawness of this story. There wasn't much of the post-pakeha cultural change left out of this 1950s story. I lived in New Zealand at this time and I was about the same age as Himiona (Simeon). Admittedly, my pakeha life was centered on the opposite coast. The cultural differences between Taranaki and Poverty Bay Maori were quite sharp as I remember my childhood friends and neighbours, but they were also achingly non-existant in the great Polynesian scheme of things. I think I've said what I mean. In case I haven't said it in an understandable way, try this: Maori are Maori but Poverty Bay Maori seem to have been hurt more by the advent of the power brought by the white immigration. The religions practiced on the east coast were nicely nuanced.
it was not that good lol. not interesting in the slightest but you know.. it was what it was... boring. VERY INAPPROPRIATE on page 271 when Witi talks about getting raped. it was disgusting as i am only 8. what kind of example are you trying to set!?